Join SGWA volunteers at the Thurman Flats Picnic Area on Saturday May 12, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. for the first clean-up day of the summer. Come and meet Smokey Bear! Everyone is welcome! Bring sturdy shoes, sunscreen, gloves and a smile – we’ll provide snacks and beverages. Learn about Leave No Trace and help restore Mill Creek to its natural beauty. See you there!
SGWA Volunteer season 2018 is now starting! Orientation for new volunteers is May 19, 2018.
SGWA Volunteers work with the USFS to provide many services in and around the San Gorgonio Wilderness. We do trail patrols both day and overnight, trail work projects, and interpretive programs at the Grayback Amphitheater. Many volunteers provide visitor information and assistance at Mill Creek Ranger Station front desk, Barton Flats Visitor Center, and the Big Falls Picnic Area.
Volunteers interact with the public so it’s necessary to have an upbeat personality and be willing to help visitors. We are especially looking for experienced backpackers for overnight patrols.
If you want to learn more about the forest, challenge your hiking skills, or just enjoy nature while helping others then this is for you. Sign up now!
Posted on01/10/2018|Comments Off on SGWA Presents Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour – March 2-3 2018
Join the San Gorgonio Wilderness Association when the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour brings the spirit of outdoor adventure to the Fox Event Centre in Redlands on Friday March 2 and Saturday March 3, 2018 at 6:30 pm.
The Banff Mountain Film Festival is the most prestigious mountain festival in the world. Right after the festival, held every fall in Banff, Alberta, the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour starts to travel the globe with stops in about 450 communities and 40 countries.
At each screening around the world, audiences will see a selection of award-winning films and crowd favorites from the hundreds of films entered into the annual festival.
Don’t miss epic stories of remote journeys, ground-breaking expeditions, and cutting-edge adventures told through the eyes of adventurers, authors, photographers, and filmmakers from around the globe.
Posted on01/09/2018|Comments Off on National Forest “Fee Free” Days for 2018 Announced
Forest Service News Release, Jan 8 2018:
Visitors to San Bernardino National Forest will be able to enjoy picnic areas, trailheads and recreational day-use sites without having to purchase an Adventure Pass on six days this year. These “fee free” days are offered across the country by the U.S. Forest Service:
Jan. 15: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Feb. 19: President’s Day
June 9: National Get Outdoors Day
Sept. 22: National Public Lands Day
Nov. 11 – 12: Veterans Day Weekend
“From Wrightwood to Idyllwild, the San Bernardino National Forest offers a variety of rich experiences for visitors,” said Forest Supervisor Jody Noiron. “You can play in snow, hike the tallest peaks in Southern California, explore hundreds of miles of dirt roads and immerse yourself in nature.”
For non-fee free days, the Adventure Pass costs $5 for a day pass and $30 for an annual one. Funds raised go back in to recreation sites for maintenance of parking lots, bathrooms, trash cans, signage, trailheads and other recreation facilities.
Visitors who inadvertently commit a daily Adventure Pass on “fee free” days can have it replaced free-of-charge. Forest visitors are reminded that even though the Adventure Pass fee will be waived, other fees such as campground, reservation and group site fees will still be applicable.
Posted on10/24/2017|Comments Off on SGWA Trail Crew on John’s Meadow Trail
Last weekend a dozen or so SGWA volunteers tackled the John’s Meadow Trail. This trail is a popular one, and especially for beginning backpackers and those who aren’t ready for a strenuous hike but still want to get out in the Wilderness. A couple spots were eroded, with big step-ups over boulders and tree roots. The crew moved a ton of rocks and dirt to make this trail just a little easier. See the entire project album at volunteer John Flippin’s site here.
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Posted on10/10/2017|Comments Off on 2017 SGWA Yearbook
The 2017 SGWA yearbook has been published. All our volunteers are listed along with plenty of pictures of the work we’ve done over the past year. We were especially happy to have the South Fork trail re-opened! Below is a link to the page where you can download the yearbook in PDF format.